This fantastic country called India, perfectly shaped like a mermaid with a head, stretched arms and a tail is one favorite foreign destination idealized by many countries – for its diverse culture, language, tradition and land itself. However, when we think of places that UK tourists visit most, it remains to one’s own interest and experience. The many states that are dry, dusty, lustrous and often wet lets one enjoy its exquisite taste in unique architecture, scrumptious food, engaging attractions, beautiful wildlife, religious temples and more. A country punctuated with many popular cities has a bunch of vibrant attractions that can overwhelm you. And here, to let understand the UK travellers about where one can lay their feet on, we have compiled a list of the places where you could visit in India.
To witness the Classic Golden Triangle
The three famous destinations that speak of glamour, tradition, architecture and all the attractions that can overwhelm are known as the Golden Triangle. Because of India’s cultural splendour that these three places offer, you may find a melange of UK tourists flocking across the globe in order to explore magic. And magic is what one may find amid the exasperating yet alluring cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
That being said, you can start your classic tour of the famous Golden Triangle from the capital of India, Delhi. Here, you can find the best of both worlds – where you can be a part of the human-swarm in the old Delhi and explore the low-rise buildings and clean avenue in the new. It is a popular destination in Indiasurrounded by parliamentary buildings, important landmarks, Mughal architectural structures, beautiful gardens and varieties of shopping places one simply has to visit in order to experience bliss.
A rather keen history buffs can venture into the city of Agra where the famous UNESCO world heritage site – Taj Mahal resides. What may set you a back is its brilliant colorful frescoes and calligraphy of the verses extracted from the holy book, Quran that appeals visitors making it a fantabulous place to visit. Furthermore, booting your direction towards the second popular attraction in Agra, which was once the residence of the Mughal Dynasty, is called Agra Fort. And a visit to one of the extraordinarily 16th-century walled city of Fatehpur Sikri which was once the capital of Mughal India may make you fall in love with this deserted city and want to settle here.
A sight of the colorful buildings stuck to one another like a glue is what you will see from all the three grandiose and famous forts in Jaipur. Despite being another exhausting city, there is a certain charm to it. Perhaps, it is due to its flamboyant street markets and the Man Sagar Lake where another renowned attraction Jal Mahal (Water Palace) sits majestically. As a new addition, the Golden Triangle tour may even include a visit to the Wax Museum, located in one of the forts called Nahargarh Fort.
To find perfect places for Trance Parties
For them who are on a constant lookout for places to groove and unbutton sheer shirts, and jive in the psytrance music, India has a few such places. A little bird told me, tourists from UK prefer the music turned up loud thus, we found a few places that welcome all that. Starting off with Goa, it is known for many notorious electronic dance festivals dedicated to art and music. Few of Goan popular trance festival music scenes can be witnessed during the Hilltop Festival and Ozora’s of Goa that is held every month of February.
Nevertheless, for hillbilly travellers, Himachal has a few treasures for party goers where you may also get lost amid the lustrous mountains of northern India. Such astounding place where music meets nature is in Kasol. A known fact being an ideal place for hippie culture, Indrasan Festival stages its event in Parvati Valley usually around the last week of May. Besides, Shiva Squad in Manali and Himalayan Music Festival in Dharamshala also are two must visit places that invite swarm of people during the month of May.
To seek solace in Religious Sites
India is a country where you can find religious places around every nook and corner of the city. One such divine and spiritual destination in India is Amritsar, where the Golden Temple shines glossing in the centre of a Kund (water body). While here, a visit to the Atari – Wagah border should not be missed. Coming to which, places like Varanasi is always on top of every travellers go to the list, because of the holy Ghats that sees thousands of pilgrims gather for the evening Aarti. As a tourist, you can venture for a dusk or dawn boat rides that traverse Ganga Ghats. Yogis performing rituals while, some dipping their body in the holy river is what you will see while taking a river cruise in Ganga.
As you ascend further to a place known to be a spiritual seekers paradise, you can seek solace in Haridwar and Rishikesh. Yoga and meditation centre in Rishikesh are famous, but it is also the best place to be in where ashrams like Omkarananda Himalayas, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Hindu temples such as Bharat Mandir, Raghunath Mandir and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple are famous pilgrimage places. While in the down south of India has many places of religious importance, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli are two soulful must visits. Madurai’s exquisitely beautiful carved temples ooze with positive energy and one such temple to come celebrate is Meenakshi Amman Temple. Tiruchirappalli on the other hand is famous for its temple complex where the Dravidian style of architecture and stone carvings can be explored with awe!
To response to the call from the Mountains
If your tour in India ‘in the plains’ becomes too monotonous and you require a refreshing ambience or rather breathe in unpolluted air, a visit to the mountains is what you desperately need. India has a collection of hill stations that offers exquisite hotels to stay and cozy cafes to slurp or munch. International tourists have the liberty to visit three hilly states of north India such as Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. During your visit to Jammu and Kashmir apart from the rugged mountains and nomad environment of Ladakh, a visit to the capital Srinagar is often considered a definite visit. A boat ride on Srinagar’s calm Dal Lake will let you see a clear reflection of the beautiful mountains. Uttarakhand’s treasured places such as Nainital, Mussoorie, Ranikhet; and Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla, Dalhousie, Dharamshala are a few vivifying abodes a traveller must visit to find peace and serenity.
Not to underestimate the hill stations in northeast India, these eight sister states are rather progressing in the Indian tourism. Their untouched beauty and refreshing vibe totally fumes in what we like to call – breathtaking. And you can explore such divine places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim. The West Bengal also invites many tourists, mainly for the famous toy train of Darjeeling and other Buddhist shrines and local attractions. However, the west and south also owns their own hills and valleys, Maharashtra famous hill stations are Lonavala, Khandala and Mahabaleshwar. Ooty, Kodaikanal, Coorg, Munnar are also some gems in the southern India that are dotted with pretty tea gardens and tourist places.
To relax in the beaches, waterways and Island destinations of India
Head south to find some of India best beaches. The ideal hotspots for relaxing and finding like-minded people are in the beach destinations of Goa. Here, the sandy shores that mark the top spots are – Arambol, Vagator and Palolem. Relax on the black sand beaches of Kerala’s pristine beaches like Varkala and Kovalam. Besides, Kerala has other relaxing offerings apart from the beaches as well. Talk about a soulful retreat, at Kovalam, you can get the best of Ayurvedic treatment that gently transports your tired body into seventh heaven. A calming houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kumarakom and Alleppey also offers such exuberant time, it will be a sin visiting Kerala and not experiencing their famous hospitality.
Ditching fancy hotels and staying a night at the houseboat in Kumarakom or Alleppey itself would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Mahabalipuram located between two excellent places Pondicherry and Chennai in Tamil Nadu also offers a unique experience. Its age old attractions and famous shore temple are widely visited, but a quiet time in their pristine beach overlooking the setting sun is also one of the best things to do here. Nonetheless, a flight to the islands of the Andamans is always a grand idea to have a sun, sand, beach and lots of sunscreen holiday. In the Andamans, expect to go for island hopping and be surrounded by many beach activities, adventurous water sports and lots of tourist spots.
To witness historic architecture
India by default has a mishmash of architectural excellence. Where in the north you can see the influence of the British, Rajput and Mughal style, down the south lays the brilliant work of Dravidian architecture and Portuguese. The west consists of Indo-Aryan buildings and the east and northeast are styled in Vernacular architecture. There are many destinations in India that can offer a brilliant work of art and here are a few places that give off good examples of architecture. Visit Hampi and explore the unearthly beauty of just rocks and ruins. This UNESCO site is one such attraction that must be explored while you bide in Karnataka.
Khajuraho is another famous place to visit that displays a series of artwork through their temples. Containing some exotic, stunning sculptures of various images and figures, the group of beautiful temples in Khajuraho are not to be missed tourist hotspots. Aurangabad on the other hand is rather known for its Ellora and Ajanta Caves. Set amid a lust setting of Maharashtra forests, a stop-by here will offer a refreshing feel to the onlookers and nature lovers. Where these are a few noteworthy, the beauties of Udaipur and Jaisalmer are noteworthy places to visit filled with mega forts, palaces endowed in the gracious and detailed work of art.
To explore the wildlife of India
While most of the tourists and not just from UK prefer Ranthambore and Corbett National Park for wildlife encounters, there are many such places to visit for wildlife holiday in India. To name a few, Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat and Kaziranga National Park in Assam are two of the best and leading national parks in India. The reason why is because, Gir having a large collection of Asian Lion and Kaziranga for one-horned Rhinoceros. However, your best chances to spot tigers are in national parks of Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh and wild elephants in Wayanad, Kerala. And something for feathered creature admirers, best place to sightseeing birds are in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Rajasthan.